Brighton join chase to sign ex-Celtic kid

The Herald - Sport - - CELTIC 1 AJAX 2 -

FOR­MER Celtic and Hibs re­ject Richie Towell could be on his way to the English Premier League af­ter mov­ing a step closer to sign­ing for Cham­pi­onship joint lead­ers Brighton.

The 24-year-old Dun­dalk star is a wanted man af­ter net­ting 25 goals and be­ing named Ir­ish Player of the Year.

And, af­ter turn­ing down of­fers from Tur­key, Poland and the USA, Towell seems set to join Brighton af­ter hold­ing talks with man­ager Chris Hughton.

It’s a far cry from two years ago when Towell – who was re­leased by Celtic – was told he could re­turn to his home­land by then-Hibs boss Pat Fen­lon.

Towell said: “Brighton are one of the clubs that is in­ter­ested and they are a good club, with a good pedi­gree.”

Hughton said: “Richie’s had a won­der­ful sea­son so he’s one that yes, of course, we are aware of.”

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